Where are we now?

Where are we now?
Where are we now? Tahmoor, NSW. Updated 7th December 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

Day 110. Carnarvon to Coral Bay

Paradise Found

Shane dashed out the van at first light this morning, even before he had had his cuppa. He was keen to wash the van before we left this morning. He had done the car the previous afternoon to save time today. We are leaving Carnarvon and on our way to Coral Bay; the southern fringe of the Ningaloo Reef. It's here we will all be swimming with the whale sharks, and were all very excited.

It was a very uneventful drive. It took about 3 hours, and the landscape never changed except for the occasion termite mound on the horizon mingled with the low lying mallee shrub. Jace and Jo are also making the move today to Coral Bay too; although they will be here for a total of seven nights, while we will be staying for four.

Termite mound out of the car window

When you first drive into Coral Bay, it's like a little fishing village in another country. There are two caravan parks, a resort, and a handful of shops, and that is it. Everything is literally on the bay, only feet from it's crystal clear waters teaming with fish.

Coral Bay

We set up the van, moved across the road to the beach, and were snorkeling on the reef (which was only meters off the beach) in record time. It was amazing to be able to literally walk out to the reef with Scarlett in tow and see amazing fish straight away. The water was a little cloudy, but we were able to see so many different types of fish. There were huge pink snapper swimming between our legs, parrot fish, bat fish, old wives and many more.

Scarlett Snorkeling

We spent hours floating over the reef exploring it's wonders. Scarlett loved the giant clams the most, and again amazed me with her snorkeling ability. Within minutes Scarlett had let go of my hand and was swimming off on her own. After our snorkel we were laying on the beach enjoying the sun when there was a commotion down near one of the tourist operators boats. We moved down and were lucky to be able to participate in the free fish feeding held here everyday at 3:30pm. The huge snapper were eating out of the kids hands, and there were so many of them. This was more hands on and exciting than the dolphins interaction at Monkey Mia.


Shane and I went for a lovely walk along the beach after dinner, and again spotted the International Space Station and space shuttle Endeavour. We can't believe our luck, without even looking we have seen it now three nights in a row. It was drinks at Jace and Jo's van this evening spent discussing Broome and the decision to book where and when. We have decided to book for seven nights at the next full moon, to experience the "stairway to the moon". Some places are already booked out, so time is now of the essence.

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